Sunday, April 06, 2008

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Vatican, Apr. 4, 2008 ( - The Vatican has issued a statement emphasizing that a revised version of the traditional Good Friday prayer for Jews should not be seen as a change in Catholic teaching regarding the role of the Jewish people.

The 4-paragraph Vatican statement, issued by the Secretariat of State on April 4, responds to protests raised by some Jewish leaders after Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news) released a new version of the prayer for the Good Friday liturgy in the 1962 Roman Missal. While eliminating a reference to the "blindness" of Jews, the Latin-language text retained a prayer for their conversion.

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